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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
BBAO: No preseason for Adrian Peterson

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

The Minnesota Vikings' decision to hold tailback Adrian Peterson out of the preseason, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, would make perfect sense whether or not Peterson was recovering from significant knee surgery.

For reasons we'll probably need an entire offseason to explore and explain, the preseason is a time of varying game speed for individual players that seems to be conducive to injuries and other catastrophes. It's a time for unproven players to demonstrate their skills or get game-like practice time to speed their development. It's less of a place, in the opinion of many, for a superstar to test out the mobility of a surgically-repaired knee.

For many, whatever advantage exists for a veteran player to get preseason reps is outweighed by the injury risk.

Peterson's first game action will come in the regular season, probably in Week 1. It might take a few weeks to get him up to speed, but at least those efforts can be applied in a game that counts.

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